Para-alpine skier Jade Etherington has won a bronze medal in the Super Giant Slalom at the Sochi 2014 Paralympics this morning (Monday).
Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell added a bronze medal to the silver they won in the Downhill on Saturday.
The former Deepings School pupil was second out of the gate in the Super G, behind her GB team mate Kelly Gallagher won claimed Great Britain’s first ever gold in alpine skiing in the Winter Paralympics.
Etherington, who turned 23 yesterday, showed great skill to record a run of 1:29.76 despite hitting a gate hard midway through the course.
The run put Etherington into silver position, 1.04 seconds behind Gallagher. But a strong run by home favourite Russia’s Frantceva in 1:28.94 dropped her down into third place with three more racers, including Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkasova the favourite for the gold medal, left to run.
However Farkasova fell early in her run and last out the gate in the visually impaired race Australia’s Melissa Perrine missed a gate to end her race to send the British due into celebrations as Team GB claimed two medals in the Super G.
The Super-G is regarded as a speed event, in contrast to the technical events giant slalom and slalom.
Much like the faster Downhill a Super G course consists of widely-set gates that racers must turn around. The course is set so that skiers must turn more than in Downhill, though the speeds are still much higher than in Giant Slalom.
Each athlete only has one run to clock the best time.
Etherington is classified as a B2 skier in the Paralympics and competes at speeds of up to 70mph with just five percent of her visions.
She was born with Axenfield’s syndrome, a genetic condition that causes fluid blockages in the eye and can lead to total blindness.
The bronze medal is another outstanding achievement for Etherington and Powell as the more technical slalom and giant slalom still to come are considered her stronger events.